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2011 Tour De France, Stage 16 Results: Cadel Evans Climbs Into Second Place

The 2011 Tour de France is officially set to head into the Alps and Santa Rosa-based BMC Racing is in prime position to make a run at the yellow jersey. While Thor Hushovd pulled off the stage victory, Cadel Evans had the best day amongst the general classification contenders. Evans finished 4:23 back of Hushovd but he finished 21 seconds ahead of Thomas Voeckler and Frank Schleck, and 1:09 ahead of fourth place Andy Schleck. This moves Evans into second place, 1:45 back of first.

Alberto Contador made the first attack on the final mountain before Gap and took a solid lead. However, Evans made his move on the descent from Col de Manse and was able to capture a lead over the rest of the general classification. He wasn't able to secure the yellow jersey on Tuesday, but he is in good shape heading into the Alps.

Here is a rundown of the top ten in the overall standings heading into the Alps:

Stnd Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR 69h 00' 56"  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 69h 02' 41" + 01' 45"
3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 69h 02' 45" + 01' 49"
4. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 69h 03' 59" + 03' 03"
5. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 69h 04' 22" + 03' 26"
6. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 69h 04' 38" + 03' 42"
7. BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 69h 04' 45" + 03' 49"
8. CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE - ISD 69h 04' 57" + 04' 01"
9. DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 69h 07' 00" + 06' 04"
10. URAN Rigoberto 118 SKY PROCYCLING 69h 08' 51" + 07' 55"

We'll be here for the entire race providing news updates and stage previews and recaps, particularly as they relate to Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer and Bay Area-based BMC Racing. For more in-depth discussion on the 2011 Tour De France, head over to Podium Cafe. For more general Tour coverage, head over to the SB Nation story stream.